Rochelle gets fire truck from secret donor

Thanks in large part to a more-than-generous donation from an area rancher, the residents of Rochelle now have a new multipurpose fire truck ready to respond when the need arises. According to Rochelle Volunteer Fire Chief Tom Bourbon, an individual who wishes to remain anonymous gave the department a 1999 Ford F550 4×4 cab and chassis. The truck that has less than 25,000 miles on it has since been transformed into the department’s newest and most modern piece of firefighting equipment. “We received a $20,000 grant from the G.R. White Trust last year and were looking for a replacement truck,” said Bourbon. “The grant was substantial, but not quite enough to purchase a fully-equipped brand new truck. What this donation did was allow us to use the money to outfit the truck with brand new firefighting equipment.” The new truck was delivered to the Rochelle department Wednesday afternoon where a contingent of volunteers were on hand, anxious to try out the new equipment. Gene Lednicky of Neel Associates of Waco delivered the truck and gave instructions on the proper operating methods for the pump and foam equiment. The truck is equipped with a 500-gallon tank coupled with a new pump and foam unit. The truck is capable of using multiple lines and it has connections for two inch-and-a-half hoses to fight whatever fires might arise. “This truck replaces an old 1974 Cheverolet that had recently become unreliable,” said Bourbon. “Coupled with the tanker that we currently have, this will better equip us in the case of a structure fire in this end of the county. “It is not made for structure fires, but it will certainly allow us to respond quickly and do what we can until more help arrives. This is the closest thing to a conventional pumper in this end of the county. The truck itself is perfectly suited to fight grass fires and the foam capability will help in the case of car or other types of fires.”

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